The Cottages at Cypress

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The Cottages at Cypress

A Net Zero Energy Low-Income Senior Housing Development

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Solterre Passive House Concept Cottage

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June 01, 2015

Last summer, I took a drive from Halifax down to Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, to check out Solterre Design’s Concept Cottage. The house looks like it’s been there for a few ... [continue reading]

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Embodied Energy: Minimizing Waste with Off-Site Construction

Author: Tom White
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May 01, 2015

Matthew Wadlund is adding infill housing stock to the Oceanview neighborhood of Berkeley, California, where he is replacing a single-family house with four single-family, three-story detached houses. The wall panels in Matthew's Oceanview Orchard homes ... [continue reading]

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Living Lightly in Ithaca's EcoVillage

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March 15, 2015

When Ray Stiefel began planning his energy-efficient Passive House (PH) project in upstate New York, the net zero building concept was virtually unknown in the United States. It took seven years of discussion and research ... [continue reading]

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Are We Ready for Better Buildings?

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March 11, 2015

I recently had a phone conversation with a frantic contractor who was in charge of a Passive House (PH) retrofit. He was in desperate need of an air-sealing specialist. The house was leaking almost a 700 ... [continue reading]

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Mr. Pitt's Neighborhood

Author: Roger Hahn
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February 27, 2015

With unswerving dedication to high architectural ideals, Make It Right is winning over a sometimes-skeptical public. [continue reading]

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The Active World of Passive Houses

Author: Mike Smith
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January 15, 2015

The International Passive House Association estimates that there are around 40,000 certified Passive Houses (PHs) worldwide. Initially, that might seem like a large number; however, in a world with more than 7 billion inhabitants, even the most ... [continue reading]

Do Low Flow Showerheads Save Water?

Bill Gauley and John Koeller

Do Low Flow Showerheads Save Water?

Did you know that the average shower lasts 7.8 minutes?

The Elephant in the Room

Jim Gunshinan

The Elephant in the Room

Earlier this week, I attended the annual Home Performance Coalition (HPC) Conference & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. (Along with 1,900 other ...

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